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HoffDNA
Flushing problem, have to hold the handle down for several seconds?

My husband fixed a running toilet, but now we have to hold the handle down for several seconds to get a full flush. If the handle is pushed down and let go right away, it stops the flush from finishing. Seems like this should be an easy fix, any suggestions?

libcarp
Re: Flushing problem, have to hold the handle down for several seconds?

Shorten the chain from the handle to the flapper.

odd_artist
Re: Flushing problem, have to hold the handle down for several seconds?

I have the same issue, and I can't shorten the chain any shorter. Any other suggestions?

djohns
Re: Flushing problem, have to hold the handle down for several seconds?
odd_artist wrote:

I have the same issue, and I can't shorten the chain any shorter. Any other suggestions?

Is the tank filling completely ?

odd_artist
Re: Flushing problem, have to hold the handle down for several seconds?

Yes, the tank is filling completely. And I even replaced the flapper and float. Could it have anything to do with low water pressure, or would the full tank make that a moot point?

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Flushing problem, have to hold the handle down for several seconds?

Move the float down on the chain, there should be a clip on the top and the bottom of the float.
Jack

HoffDNA
Re: Flushing problem, have to hold the handle down for several seconds?

Found the solution! We also had replaced the flapper with a universal flapper. There is a ring and places for it to hook on. Turns out that if you are using the hooks, you must remove the rubber ring. All we did was cut off the ring, reattach the flapper using the hooks, and it works perfectly!

odd_artist wrote:

Yes, the tank is filling completely. And I even replaced the flapper and float. Could it have anything to do with low water pressure, or would the full tank make that a moot point?

Marjorie
Re: Flushing problem, have to hold the handle down for several seconds?

Ahh - if only everything could be solved so easily.. :D
Good work!

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Flushing problem, have to hold the handle down for several seconds?

HoffDNA thanks for getting back to us.
Jack

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